1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Hugh Blair

Anonymous, "On reading the first Volume of Dr. Blair's Sermons" Aberdeen Magazine 1 (December 1796) 352.



Divine Preceptor, philanthropic friend,
Whom but to know, all surely must commend;
In strongest sense thy thoughts are all convey'd,
The beautiful sublime is here display'd.—
My Muse in vain attempts to sing thy praise,
But stops unequal — to the worth I'd raise;
If lofty strains Ability denies
My warmest wishes Gratitude supplies.
He who thro' life pursues thy wholesome plan,
Becomes the child of God, and friend of Man:
The king of terrors then disarm'd appears,
Void of his sting, and scatters all our fears.
This checquer'd scene of weary life being o'er,
Thy votaries shall hail thee, on that shore
To which thou teachest men the nearest road,
To happiness eternal, and to God.